FYI Announcement- ProQuest Launches Displaced Researchers Program

Faculty or students who are affected by the recent travel ban (or know a fellow scholar who is) please note and share the following information.

ProQuest, one of the library’s biggest vendors, has initiated a program to assist displaced scholars.

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ANN ARBOR, MI, February 9, 2017 – ProQuest has launched a program to provide no-cost access to its databases for students and researchers who have been separated from their universities and libraries because of travel bans or other immigration changes. The company has an email hotline ContinueMyResearch@proquest.com where these displaced researchers can arrange for access to the materials they need to continue their work.

“ProQuest is an open and inclusive organization that takes its role in supporting research and learning very seriously,” said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. “We’re doing whatever we can to mitigate the interruptions facing our community of students and scholars around the world.”

The program resolves authentication problems displaced researchers may face when trying to access to their institution’s holdings remotely. Individuals will be provided with personal credentials, as well as direct access to ProQuest support teams for help. There is no limit to the number of databases that can be requested. Free RefWorks accounts are also available to help with long-distance collaboration and to save, manage and organize their work.

To request access, students, faculty and other researchers can email ProQuest at ContinueMyResearch@proquest.com with the name of the university or library they have been separated from, along with the name of their research supervisor or faculty advisor. ProQuest representatives will work directly with impacted individuals or their advisors to set up online, no cost access to all databases needed to continue their studies or research.

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For more information please see the announcement on their site.

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